Stuff to look at – August to November part 1

Haha, so I’m not great at keeping to deadlines. This is part 1 of 4. 🙂

Blog Posts

Church Life

  • Don’t Segregate the Youth. “We know younger generations learn as much from what they observe as from what we actually tell them. Many voices insist actions speak louder than words. What, then, are we communicating to our youth about the church when every time we gather, they go to their own room for a separate program?”

Curiosities

Election 2013

Gender and Sexuality

  • The Blurred Lines of Real Manhood (Robin Thicke, I’m Looking In Your Direction). After the VMA in the US in August, everyone was shaming Miley for behaving as she did. This blogger was more disgusted by Robin Thicke – with good reason.
  • ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ is no excuse for bad behaviour.
  • Fierce Women. “There are rumors out there, perhaps deliberately sown or perhaps just based on a misunderstanding, that men who hold to complementarian theology want their women weak. There are some who state that those who believe God has created men and women to fulfil different functions and to take on different roles in life and marriage want women to be pushovers or doormats. Stuff and nonsense, I say.”
  • The Gay Community and That One Time Jesus Called Me the ‘N-word’.“There is someone that I love even though I don’t approve of what he does. There is someone I accept though some of his thoughts and actions revolt me. There is someone I forgive though he hurts the people I love the most. That person is……me.”
  • You’re worth it. “The brooding “I wish you could see how amazing you are” bloke in the video gets the cart before the horse. He says that God looked at women and saw something worth dying for. It goes the other way around.”

History

  • The Contagious Chain of Missionary Zeal. “The missionary spirit is utterly contagious. Even just one life burning brightly for the gospel can ignite the hearts of hundreds of others for generations to come.”
  • From Hitler’s Wolves to Christ’s Lambs. “Pastor Gerecke’s story has already been told (see links below), but it deserves to be retold, again and again, to every generation, for two important reasons. The first has to do with the men to whom he ministered, the ones who repented and believed in Christ. The scandal of Christianity is not that these men went to heaven; it is that God loved them so much that he was willing to die to get them there. Had it been a human decision, many would have thrown these men, guilty of such atrocities, into the flames of hell.”
  • titleWhy you can be reasonably sure that Christianity was not a Roman conspiracy. “There’s another Bible conspiracy theory doing the rounds. Each of these is more inane than the last. And each gets media attention from the tabloids. First there was the claim, from a guy named Reza Aslan, that Jesus was a zealot. A political revolutionary. A rebel. Now we have the apparently completely antithetical claim – that Jesus was a pawn of the Roman empire. An invention. Designed to bring the Jews into line and have them adopt pacifism.”
  • 5 Famous Inventors (Who Stole Their Big Idea). I think no one will be surprised to see Thomas Edison on this list.

Health and Wellbeing

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